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Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Historic Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Escape the heat and come in for a tour, refreshments, or to listen to local musicians after noon. Free Wi -Fi is available.

Southwestern Officials Association is seeking applications in football and basketball for officials on the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels from the upcoming school year across Western North Carolina. Experience is preferred but not required. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, contact Curtis Lambert, Regional Supervisor of Officials, P.O. Box 66, Dillsboro, NC 28725, (828)226-0061 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Franklin High School Report Cards may be picked up in the main office Monday through Thursday only, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Free Zumba Dance Classes at Legacy Fitness are held on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Introduction to Zumba, and Sundays at 12 noon, Zumba Dance Practice. For more information, call (828)342-2498.

Members of the Macon County Art Association are doing portraits of local veterans at no charge. An unveiling ceremony and reception will be held following the parade on Veterans Day. If interested in having a portrait made, bring a good service photo and a two paragraph service biography to the Uptown Gallery located at 30 East Main Street in Franklin by June 30. For more information, call Karen Smith at (305)401-4361.

Convenience Centers in Macon County, Landfill and Highlands Transfer Station will all be closed on Saturday, July 4.

Franklin Garden Club will hold its monthly luncheon on Monday, July 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Boiler Room Restaurant in the Fun Factory off of Georgia Road. The program will be The Night Shift (night bloomers) by Ellen Averill, FGC member and Georgia Master Gardener. Visitors are welcome. Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan to attend.

"What is the most important thing you have learned in your life so far?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum - Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin, (below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Did you pay the Fee for Not Having Health Insurance with your 2014 Taxes? You may be exempt from the fee for 2015. On Monday, July 6, and Wednesday July 8, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Macon County Library, Mountain Projects will answer questions about exemptions from the fee and applying for affordable health insuranced. This assistance is free. Learn about your health insurance options. For more information, call Cynthia at (828)400-4177 or toll-free 1-800-627-1548.

Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum will meet Tuesday, July 7, 6 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church for a regular business meeting. Anyone interested in exploring their Celtic heritage is welcome to attend.

“Did you know you could eat that?” Greenway Gathering will be held on Thursday, July 9, 10 a.m. at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St. Mitzy Mazzilli will reflect on the wonder of the Greenway and nature’s bounty to be found in little wild places and share some recipes for simple foods to be made from plants found on the Greenway or in your own backyard.

Planning the Fall Garden Eco Forum will be held on Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., at the UU Fellowship Hall, 89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. All are welcome to bring a covered dish to share at 5:30 p.m. Now is the time to start planning the fall garden. Fall gardens are often the most productive, when days are cool and the pest populations decrease with cool nights. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

Cheek Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 11, at South Macon Elementary School cafeteria. Lunch served approximately 1 p.m. Bring covered dish. Drinks and eating utensils will be provided. For more information, call Bonnie Watson (828)369-7282 or Jean Crane (828)524-4976.

Dr. Phil Collins will Conduct Free Health Seminars on Friday, July 10, 7:15 p.m. and Saturdays July 11, 11 a.m., 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church, 71 Brendle Rd. in Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-5493 ext. 5 or www.franklinsda.org.

Lee County Day will be held on Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Greenway Pavilion at Tassee Park on Ulco Dr. Bring a picnic lunch, a chair and a friend. For more information, call Elaine Mansell at (828)332-8525, (828)369-5593 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ammons Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 11, at Holly Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The family oriented event will start at 11:30 a.m. with lunch by Martha’s Kitchen at 12 p.m. and followed by an entertaining program. For more information, call Susan Hirsch at (828)524-1808 .

First Baptist Church Free Community Lunch will be served on Saturday, July 11, 12 to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend.

The Uptown Gallery the Macon County Art Association will present a watercolor demonstration by Carol Conti on Monday, July 13, 1 p.m. Conti is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor society, and lives and teaches in Winter Haven, Fla. She will be giving a workshop at the Uptown Gallery on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon July 16, 17 and 18. Preregistration required. For more information, call the Uptown Gallery at (828)349-4607 or Pat Mennenger at (828)369-0356.

Sustainable Mountain Living Communities Free Gardening Class "Planning and Planting the Fall Garden" will be held on Monday, July 13, 6 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex, Hwy. 76 West. Brooks Franklin, owner of Leah lake Farm in Otto, will discuss vegetables during "off season" and demonstrate techniques for protecting and growing crops under cover. For information call (706)782-7978 or visit Facebook at smlcinc.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., at hte Robert Carpenter Community Building on 441 So. The program will consist of the society’s annual ice cream social. Guests are welcome to attend.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice n the Buddhist tradition, the first Saturday of every month at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, led by its priest, Michael Hudson, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If interested or have questions, email Michael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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